menu
close
search
EXPLOREMY LIBRARYMAGAZINES
CATEGORIES
FEATURED
EXPLOREMY LIBRARY
searchclose
shopping_cart_outlined
exit_to_app
category_outlined / Crafts
Woodworker's JournalWoodworker's Journal

Woodworker's Journal Spring 2015

Woodworker’s Journal is the magazine for people who love to work with wood. Woodworkers of any skill level will find top-tier plans to build great projects, expert reviews of woodworking tools, and a ton of woodworking tips and techniques. Get Woodworker's Journal digital magazine subscription today and get inspired and motivated.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Rockler Press, Inc
Read Morekeyboard_arrow_down
SUBSCRIBE
$11.95
6 Issues

IN THIS ISSUE

access_time14 min.
power tools that will grow with you

All of us want good value from our tool purchases — high quality for reasonable dollars spent. Then there’s the matter of choosing between all the model options available at various price points. Picking the right one is enough to stymie a woodworking editor, let alone a newbie buying those first tools. After years of reviewing tools for the Journal, I still haven’t found the tool-buying crystal ball that guarantees you’ll find the perfect tools to fit your needs. But, poring over and using hundreds of different tools has left me with some general impressions that may help ease your long-term buying decisions when those times come. First, a little advice that may surprise you. The “best” tool often isn’t the biggest or most expensive. It’s the one that gives you safe,…

access_time16 min.
a traditional european workbench

Building a bench like this is an enjoyable process made up of many simple steps. A craftsman worthy of such a bench will be able to make it with ordinary hand and power tools. The benchtop is very heavy once it is glued up, so you’ll want to have a helper on hand when you need to maneuver it around your shop. Building the Base The base of this bench consists of two leg trestles connected by two heavy rails that support a storage shelf. (For details, see the Exploded View Drawings on page 20.) The first thing you must do is determine how high you want your bench to be and size the legs accordingly. For hand planing, the ideal height is generally considered to be the height of your palms from…

access_time12 min.
keeping your shop cool

Although we’re capable of traveling to the far, frozen reaches of outer space as well as trekking across scorching deserts, we humans actually have a relatively narrow range of temperatures and humidity levels at which we’re truly comfortable. And it’s important to feel comfortable when you’re making sawdust: you need to keep your concentration when using power tools. Keeping the mercury and moisture level down in the workshop not only makes woodworking a more pleasant pursuit, but it also helps prevent problems like tool rusting and lumber warping and checking. Excessive heat can also ruin adhesives and finishing supplies, as well as cause problems when gluing or applying finishes. Fortunately, there are numerous cooling options available. In this article, we’ll explore some strategies for making your shop a cool place to work…

access_time3 min.
nail gun cabinet

Nail guns have a way of multiplying in my shop. It began with an 18-gauge brad nailer, followed by a finish nailer, pin nailer and crown stapler. If your collection has also grown, you know that more nailers means more nail sizes. Those little blister packs of fasteners ended up scattered, and I found myself buying duplicates instead of just getting better organized. Well, no more. This plywood cabinet will keep everything tidy. My idea started with the black plastic 16-drawer case you see above. I found it at Grainger.com (item C10116) for $23. The drawers fit full nail clips like they were made for them. Now I know where every size is and when I need to buy more — or when I don’t. Making the Sides Begin the side panels…

access_time5 min.
avoid tearout by reading the grain

In my opinion, the number one challenge in woodworking is avoiding tearout. Fortunately, it is fairly predictable if you know how to “read the grain.” That refers to observing the grain pattern in a board and interpreting how its grain or tissue orientation will react when you are cutting it, especially in regard to planers and jointers (including hand planes). After teaching woodworking for many years, I find many woodworkers don’t understand the concept. While the practice of reading the grain is exceedingly helpful, even the most experienced person can be surprised by reversing grain. When viewed from the end, a log’s grain looks like a spider web (see the illustration at left). That grain as it presents in a board will tell you how it will react to cutting. Those…

access_time2 min.
adjustable shop horse

Everyone need sawhorses, and I’m certainly no exception. While I have several sizes, the pair I’ll be describing here are adjustable in height, ranging from 24" up to nearly 35". They have nesting posts joined with sliding dovetails. The outer elements are mortised into the trestle feet. The inner elements are attached to a beam and are joined to a wide stretcher with crossdowels and connector bolts. The outer elements are similarly joined to a narrow stretcher. Begin construction with the feet. Each foot is made by gluelaminating two plies (pieces 1 and 2). You cut a half-lap across each piece, and when they are glued up, the laps form a through mortise. Shaping the Feet To produce the shape, I routed an instep on each foot blank, then band-sawed the rough contour…

help